Leeds United produced an excellent second half performance to run our 4-0 winners against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.
NOW THAT'S A MAULING @HULLCITY!— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 29, 2020
Leeds went ahead early through a deflected Luke Ayling effort but struggled through the first half, although Pablo Hernandez almost added a second when he hit the woodwork.
Leeds’ second half was much better and in truth they could well have had six or seven in that half. A goal from Pablo Hernandez, and a brace off the bench for Wales international Tyler Roberts were what Leeds had to settle for after a tremendous half of football for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @mightywhitespod or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.
Illan Meslier - A couple of inaccurate passes early but looked very composed overall, maybe a touch nervous with some of the passes. Had a good claim of a high ball late in the first half. Handling was excellent throughout the game although he wasn’t tested that much. Clean sheet on league debut will settle the nerves. 7/10
Meslier was decent a few sloppy passes but was tested very rarely defence in front of him absolutely colossal #lufc— Armo☀️ (@Jordan_Armo) February 29, 2020
Luke Ayling - Got the opening goal with a shot from distance which took a huge deflection. Got forward well when he could and defended well throughout. 7.5/10
Ben White - Comfortable throughout and showed good pace to deal with the runs from Mallik Wilks. Passing was very good. 7.5/10
Liam Cooper - Fairly untroubled all game. Another clean sheet. 7/10
Stuart Dallas - Started at left-back but quickly moved into midfield when Leeds switched into a 3-3-1-3. Had a solid game but one of the quieter performers. 7/10
Kalvin Phillips - Good to see him back in the side, was fine throughout barring one bad giveaway of possession which could have been costly late in the first half. Even if he isn’t at his barnstorming best - the teams balance is so much better with him there. 7/10
Helder Costa - Fairly quiet in the first half as Leeds struggled to get their passing going. Had a good chance to play Harrison through just before half-time but overhit the pass. Got the pass right early in the second half to set up Pablo Hernandez for Leeds’ second. Had a good chance of his own saved following Leeds best move of the match. Best game for a while. 8/10
Harrison and Costa were absolutely out of this world today, best performances in a Leeds shirt BY FAR!— WePlayAllTheWay (@RyanLUFC91) February 29, 2020
Klich has been absolutely fantastic last few Games and so happy to be proved wrong.
Delighted for Roberts, so unlucky with injures recent times.
Mateusz Klich - Lots of endeavor in the first half but as with all the midfield, not at his best. Outstanding in the second half, as was the whole team. Forced Long into a good save from the edge of the box. Good assist for Roberts’ first goal, excellent assist for Roberts’ second goal. 8.5/10
Best I've seen Costa play, Harrison would be a steal at £8mil, and Klich was just brilliant #lufc— Dan McCarthy ⚽️ (@DMcCarthyRadio) February 29, 2020
Pablo Hernandez - Almost doubled Leeds’ lead early on when he hit the angle with a tremendous effort. Involved a lot first half but the game didn’t suit him when it got scrappier. Scored Leeds’ second early in the second half with a calm finish across the keeper. 8/10
Jack Harrison - Saw more of the ball than Costa in the first half and was unlucky with one good cross in particular. Forced a great save halfway through the second half after beating three players. Hit the woodwork with a great effort. Had to patrol the entire left-side and did so with no trouble. Constant threat all second half, constant energy. Very good performance. 8.5/10
Jack Harrison #LUFC MoM for me. Never stopped running and a constant thorn in the side of #HCFC A Bielsa player without a doubt...energy, totally focussed and comfortable on the ball pic.twitter.com/jhbFRpJfvH— Stevie J (@saj1964) February 29, 2020
Patrick Bamford - Isolated in the first half and couldn’t get into the game. Got nothing from the referee and looked frustrated - that got him a yellow card for a cynical trip. Leeds improved second half but he still couldn’t get any chances. 6/10
Roberts has to start Infront of bamford now. You can't ignore a performance like that. #lufc #tylerroberts— Marcus Dre (@marcdrye) February 29, 2020
Tyler Roberts (for Bamford, 65mins) - Linked up well when he came on. Scored his first goal at the end of a terrific team move with a left foot finish. Scored a wonderful header for his second. He won’t start next game, but there will be calls for it. 8/10
84' AND ANOTHER GGGGGOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! OH MY WORD!!! LEEDS 4 HULL 0!!! TYLER ROBERTS!!! pic.twitter.com/LbnfqveWyf— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 29, 2020
Jamie Shackleton (for Hernandez, 88mins) - Not on long enough to score. N/A
Ezgjan Alioski (for Harrison, 88mins) - Not on long enough to score. N/A